(filed by SCRN affiliate WVOC in Columbia)
The city of Columbia is stepping up mosquito eradication efforts as a result of a probable human case of West Nile virus in a city resident.
Thom Berry, with the state Department of Health and Environmental Control, says if tests confirm the virus in Richland County, it would be the first positive human case of the mosquito-borne disease in our state this year – but certainly not the first ever.
Berry says, “This virus has been around in the state for a number of years now – back in actually 2001 time frame, when it first started showing up in South Carolina. Since that time, we’ve had 21 cases among humans and one death. That occurred over in Darlington County in 2005.”